Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Health & Medical Myths

The past two Mondays on Noeleen's 3 Talk have been about Medical Myths - home remedies we've mostly learned about from our grandmothers, mothers and aunts. It made me think about some of the Medical Myths I heard about while I was living in South Korea as well as some I've learned of from my mum while growing up.

Hopefully, we can refer this page to an MD who can verify if these work or not! If you have any you'd like to add (and verify) why not e-mail me and I'll add it to this list!

         Some I know / have heard of...

  • Young girls / ladies shouldn't sit on cold surfaces (not good for reproductive system?!)
  • If on your period, eat an egg with a runny yolk.
  • To induce a late period, drink Dutch Medicine / drink warm red wine / soak in a warm bath.
  • For indigestion or stomach cramps, rub Asafoetida powder (Hing) into the navel.
  • Going out at night with wet hair is an invitation for a cold.
  • Reading in dim light or a moving vehicle (car) ruins your eyesight.
  • If you shave, your hair will grow back thicker, coarser and darker.

    Some I heard about when I lived in South Korea
  • Eating dog meat increases male stamina.
  • Watching porn makes your hair grow faster
  • Eating burnt food will give you cancer.
  • Tying up wet hair is an invitation to lice.
  • Women who eat a lot of bo-ri-bap (Rice boiled together with a lesser amount of barley) will have a girl as their firstborn child.
  • Fan Death - Exposure to electric fans or aircons for too long causes the body to lose water and cause hypothermia. If in direct contact with a fan, this could lead to death due to a decrease of oxygen concentration.

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